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San Francisco Giants 2017 Preview of NL West: San Diego Padres

By Daniel Sperry
Oct 1, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; A general view of Petco Park before the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; A general view of Petco Park before the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz (13) pitches during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

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Drew Pomeranz is the most significant of the losses for the Padres in 2017. To have him at the top of their current staff would actually make it somewhat formidable. However, they have Chacin at the top of the rotation and Jered Weaver as their third starter. With the pitching staffs around the rest of the NL West, this one is still a dud, even though slightly improved on the bottom end.

Derek Norris is also a big miss as a catcher. When he came up with Oakland, hitting was his big prowess. That went by the wayside, going from being roughly a .260 hitter with close to double digit home-runs. Last year he hit .186 in 458 plate appearances. 2016 was his first year in his career with a negative WAR. That’s pretty bad. Largely due to his hitting, since he had a career high 7 Defensive Runs Saved.

The Padres didn’t lose a lot outside of those two. Matt Kemp was a big subtraction from the lineup, but he was never as good as he had been with the Dodgers. Plus, the Padres haven’t had Matt Kemp for at least a couple months.

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